Keystone XL pipeline decision provokes strong reactions from both sides

The reaction to President Barack Obama's decision to deny approval for the Keystone XL oil pipeline split starkly along party lines.

The Los Angeles Times reports that two of the top Republican presidential candidates came out strongly in opposition to the decision, portraying it as a clear indictment of Obama's approach to job creation.

"By declaring that the Keystone pipeline is not in the ‘national interest,’ the president demonstrates a lack of seriousness about bringing down unemployment, restoring economic growth, and achieving energy independence," Mitt Romney, the current GOP frontrunner, said in a statement.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich suggested that "it’s as if they were governing Mars."

Democrats, on the other hand, praised the decision to delay the pipeline, but several political advocates suggested that the move could come at a substantial cost in the election, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

"I’m expecting that the petroleum industry is going to come after Obama," Susie Tompkins Buell, a major Democratic donor, told the Chronicle.

Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute, had warned earlier in the month that the president could face just such consequences for denying the pipeline.

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